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FRANCIS , JONATHAN ( 1722/3 - 1801 ), Baptist minister ;

second son of Enoch Francis (q.v.) . Shortly after the death of his father ( Feb. 1740 ) he went to live at Pontypool . Later, when he had begun to preach he was urged to go to Trosnant Baptist Academy . In 1743 he came to the Pen-y-fai ( Bridgend, Glam. ) neighbourhood, with the intention of going on to Bristol Academy . He gave up this idea, however, and in 1744 m. and settled in his wife's home, Y Fagwyr , in Llangyfelach parish. Pen-y-fai and Y Fagwyr wanted to ordain him as their minister but he elected to be ordained at Pontypool where he was a member. Nevertheless, in 1747 he agreed to take charge of Pen-y-fai and Y Fagwyr , moving his home in due course from the latter place to the former. About 1788 fifteen members left his chapel because of Arminianism , set up their own chapel at Nottage , and later became Unitarians . His son Enoch was ordained at Exeter , and two other sons, Jonathan and Daniel , were appointed to assist their father. He d. 13 June 1801 .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Neheubarth Cymru , 1839 , 548-57;
  • J. T. Griffith , Hanes Eglwys Fedyddiedig Penyfai (1650-1889) , 1916 ;
  • J. Rufus Williams , Hanes Athrofeydd y Bedyddwyr yn Sir Fynwy yn nghyd â byr grybwylliad am athrofeydd Hwlffordd a Llangollen , Aberdâr, 1863 , 12.

Author:

Reverend William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959